Charles Manson

Manson groupie’s GoFundMe page shut down a day after launch, raising less than $1K

A Charles Manson super fan tried to raise $15,000 in funeral expenses for former cult leader, but the fundraiser was shut down within a day.

John Jones of Everett, Massachusetts, wrote that Manson’s sole heir and grandson, Jason Lee Freeman, has recently lost his job, according to Daily Mail and couldn’t afford to provide his grandfather a proper burial. Everett created the fundraiser page, entitled, “Please Help my friend Jason,” in an attempt to raise money for Manson’s funeral and burial expenses after the state of California announced that the notorious hippie cult leader would be cremated within two weeks unless a family member stepped up to claim him.

“Together we can help Jason bring his grandfather home & prove to the world Charles WAS LOVED & WILL BE CLAIMED!” Everett wrote. “We will not sit back and let them throw Mr Manson away like trash,’ it said, ‘His whole life he lived with the pain of feeling unclaimed. We must not let this happen in death.”

Donors pitched in around $949 before the campaign was shut down. Spokesperson for GoFundMe, Nadia Gilani, said all donors were refunded but wouldn’t specify the exact reason they decided to stop the fundraiser.

Freeman previously said that he had hoped to see Manson before he passed away, but the state declined his requests for years. After his grandfather’s death, he expressed wishes to help Manson get a proper burial.

‘If for any reason I don’t get my grandfathers gift at the end of the rainbow, I’ll personally return your… love,’ Freeman wrote on his Facebook page while linking the GoFundMe page.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Manson passed away in a California hospital on Nov. 19, close to the prison where he was serving life for order some of his cult members to go on a murderous “Helter Skelter” spree. Among those murdered included Abigail Folger, Wojciech Frykowski, Steven Parent, Sharon Polanski and her unborn son, Jay Sebring, Leno LaBianca, and Rosemary LaBianca.

Donald “Shorty” Shea, another victim of the Manson cult murders, was found in 1977, three years after his murder.

[Feature Photo: California Department of Corrections]